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    Posted: 11 May 2012 at 20:50
This lens does not appear in the Dyxum lens database.

I recently acquired one from Ebay. With minutes to go before the end of the auction it had reached 6 GBP (approx $10 US). From my manual focus days I remembered Tamron were producing some excellent optics both in their Adaptall 2 and SP range including a MF 35-135. I acquired the lens for 19 GBP.

It arrived a couple of days ago and I was anazed at its quality of IQ. Very similar to the original Minolta 35-105 with Macro button at the 135 end. Across the range it is sharp at max aperture and very sharp stopped down. The colour rendition is virtually identical to the Beercan range.

From searching the internet I can only establish that it was Tamron model 40D discontinued in 1988 (along with the Tamron 70-210 AF f3.5-4.5 which is cosmetically similar and included in the lens database). Interestingly both these lenses were only produced in Minolta AF mount.

This is a true underated gem and worthy of inclusion on the database. Does anybody have any furter details about this lens? It is about 5mm longer than the Minolta 35-105 and touch heavier. It appears to require a bayonet hood which I don't have. The Tamron branding is similar to the 70-210 mentioned above. Many thanks.

Edited by derekw - 11 May 2012 at 21:10
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote jenik.nk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2012 at 21:10
If it's not in Dyxum database you can be a good source. Post some pictures! Every Dyxumer is eager to see them!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rickztahone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2012 at 03:17
interesting. Great range indeed. Would love to see some pics as well. Bonus for you, you got it at a steal!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2012 at 09:49
derek, that's a great find and I have alsways liked Tamron lenses. Great value for money and there are some real gems out there.

If you can provide us with some pictures and other technical data (see here waht we typically need, but no problem if it's incomplete) we will arrange the lens to show in the database and create a spot for sample pictures. Just post here or send it to me by PM and we'll take care of it!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote derekw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 May 2012 at 18:07
Hi, all.

I will be only too pleased to provide some pictures of the lens and shots taken with it if somebody can give me an idiots guide of how to do so.

After further usage, I rate this lens as highly as the original Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5. The additional 30mm reach making a big difference to its usefulness. The manual focus macro mode is very good as well, I wonder if it is hackable to produce AF.

I don't have any technical data about the lens other than it takes 55mm filters. It is fully compatible with SLT.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 May 2012 at 20:06
Derek,

The data we typically need are:

prod. code: 40D
Tamron AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
Coverage: Full frame
production: Discontinued
max. aperture: 3.5
D type lens: No
min. aperture: ??
SLT compatible: Yes
focal range: 35 - 135 mm
AF Drive: In Body
Elements/group: ?/?
angle of view: ? - ?
aperture blades: ?
minimum focus distance: ?? mm
filter rotate when focusing: ??
filter rotate when zooming: ??
max. magnification: 1:?.?
focus design:
min. length: ?? mm
max. length: ?? mm
filter diameter: 55 mm
hood: ??? (example=Round, fixed, bayonet)
weight: ?? g
color: Black ?

I've already filled out some data you already shared, some of it is is hopefully easy for you to measure. Just leave anything you don't know blank.

Here you can read how to post pictures, you can't post directly so you first need to create a host (like flickr, photobucket, smugmug and many others) and then link to those pictures here. If you don't know how to do that let me know and we can help, or alternatively you can send the pictures to me by e-mail and I'll post them for you. Let me know and I'll send you my e-mail address via PM.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote derekw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2012 at 12:48
Hi, all.

A liitle more info on the lens:-

Filter does not rotate when zooming
Filter does rotate when focusing
Minimum length 102.5mm
Maximum length 127.5mm
Weight 550g.

Hope this helps.

I will PM Pegelli to enable photos to be posted (Unsuccessful attempt here).

Regards

Edited by derekw - 15 May 2012 at 13:00
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JamieZ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2012 at 13:19
I have also been lucky to find this little gem of a lens. It has become my walk around lens.
I picked it up used for $30 usd.
I can find a close match in a pentax version but it lists the macro at 35 not 135.

here are two shots I just took while at the zoo with my daughter's class field trip.
Straight from iphoto to flickr...

a580 135 f/7.1 1/640 ISO 1600 through glass wall

Untitled by jamiezld, on Flickr

a580 135 f4.5 1/3200 ISO400

Untitled by jamiezld, on Flickr
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Post Options Post Options   Quote icemantx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2012 at 15:20
I have the big brother to this lens - the Tamron 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 and it is a great lens and a bargain. I originally had the Tamron 70-210mm in the late 80's through most of the 1990's and sold it for some reason - I think to trade to a beercan.

About a year ago I came across a mint condition Tamron 70-210mm and also bought another beercan to compare. I sold the beercan... This small family of lenses in my opinion is an underrated set and are perfectly matched for each other. I am going to keep my eyes out for a clean copy of the Tamron 35-135mm. For the amount they cost, you can't go wrong.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote derekw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2012 at 18:32
Hi, Photos at last







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Post Options Post Options   Quote derekw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2012 at 19:42
Sample shots from Tamron 35-135. JPGs straight from camera, no pp just some cropping: all taken with Sony Alpha 33



135mm @f10 1/160 sec (with on camera flash)



135mm @f13 1/160 sec (with on camera flash)



135mm @f8 1/640 sec
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jenik.nk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2012 at 20:47
Derekw, this size doesn't say too much...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JamieZ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2012 at 18:51
Well, I just had a funny meeting.
The local camera store had a sales rep day. (24 sales reps in for two days showing all the new gear)
The big cool factor for me were the 30 min. mini classes they hosted. The best was a nature class taught by
John Van Steenberg of Tamron. He is the first Tamron sales rep in the US. ( some 30yrs'ish)

Here is the best part I showed him the 35-135 and he knew it right off the bat. Tamron was the first maker to make AF lenses after Minolta started to make cameras with AF.(ie maxxum's) He told me to email the service dept and they may have the history of the lens and its spec. sheet. This lens was made to go head to head with the Minolta 35-105.

The real prize of the 35-135 is the fact that not a lot were made. They were made by hand (in Japan) from the ground up, just like the Minolta lenses of the time.

His basic statement was hold on to this little gem of a lens. For nothing more than one of the best built walkaround/beat the tar out of lenses you will ever own. I know this for a fact as I have dropped it on to sidewalk at the zoo. Picked it up and with a smashed UV filter it still took great pictures.

more later....


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2012 at 20:06
See here for the new database entry and the link to the sample pictures thread (thanks to collegue Micholand).

Let the fun and contributions begin, and if anybody has any of the missing data on the lens just PM him or me.
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